Martin Scorsese‘s daughter Francesca has revealed that her father is aware of the viral fake film of his that’s been created on Tumblr.
This month, a fake Scorsese film called Goncharov was dreamed up online, billed as the “greatest mafia movie (n)ever made”, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Harvey Keitel.
A synopsis describes Goncharov as “a former discotheque owner who comes to Naples after the fall of the Soviet Union”.
A fan poster for the film then went viral, leading others to create their own art mood boards, fake reviews, and fan-fiction around the imagined project.
Now, Francesca has confirmed that her director father is aware of the project. To do so, she replied to a TikTok user who asked: “Do you guys think that Francesca has had to explain to her dad Martin Scorsese that Tumblr…” at which point the video cuts off and moves to a video Francesca took of herself.
After pulling an amused facial expression, she shared a screenshot of her text history with her father, in which she sent him a link to an article about the fake movie and asked: “Did u see this?”
Martin then replied: “Yes. I made that film years ago.”
While the fake film has attracted renewed interest this month, Goncharov stems from a Tumblr post from a few years ago. In the post, a photo shows some “knockoff boots” the user ordered online which has a tag on the tongue that reads: “The greatest mafia movie ever made. Martin Scorsese Presents Goncharov.”
The post gained wider attention in 2020 when it was reposted by another Tumblr user, who wrote: “this idiot hasn’t seen goncharov.”
Scorsese’s next actual film is Killers Of The Flower Moon, a western crime drama which is based on a series of murders in Oklahoma in the Osage Tribe in the 1920s. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, De Niro, Jesse Plemons and Brendan Fraser.